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Fans Shut 49ers Out of Pro Bowl Starters



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    The people have spoken. And they have said that they don't want to see any San Francisco 49ers in the Pro Bowl this year.

    The NFL has released the results of the fan voting component for the 2011 Pro Bowl, and no 49ers were voted top players at their position in the NFC.

    Patrick Willis came in at No. 2 in fan voting the NFC inside linebacker position, finishing behind the Bears' Brian Urlacher.

    Vernon Davis came in at No. 3 in fan voting the NFC tight end position, finishing behind the Falcons' Tony Gonzalez (No. 1) and the Cowboys' Jason Witten (No. 2).

    This does not shut the 49ers franchise out of the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl. These totals only represent the fan vote, which is equally weighted with a players' vote as well as a coaches' vote. And then guys back out  or get hurt in the weeks leading up to the Pro Bowl, allowing lower-placed players to make their division's team.

    But just how sad is our one-eyed, ugly little step-sister of a division, the NFC West? One guy in the entire division finished tops in fan voting at his position. And he's a punter, Ben Graham of the 4-10 Arizona Cardinals.

    Should you be a Raider Nation kind of guy, be aware that Nnamdi Asomugha did finish as the top AFC cornerback in fan voting.

    The full Pro Bowl roster will be announced at 4 p.m. PST on Tuesday, December 28.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer still holding onto that rare Peruvian skunkweed waiting for the invitation into Arnold Schwarzenneger's smoking tent that seems like it will never come.